Gallery Anti-Aging Skin and Body Secrets
"I wouldn't go out now in sweats or clothes that don't fit, or without doing my hair. You just can't get away with it after a certain age. I'm also good about getting my hair colored; rich, lustrous hair looks really youthful. I color it every few weeks to cover grays. That's about how often I get bikini waxes, manicures, and pedicures, too."
"I'm athletic, but I'm not a gym person; I do things that feel like I'm not working out. I do short exercise videos in my dressing room, and I'm going to install a little ballet bar so I can do, like, knee bends and get the thighs burning. I bought a trampoline for my son that we jump on together, and never in my life has my heart rate gone up so fast. It's an incredible workout."
"I've been in the sun my whole life—I even have permanent sun damage on my nose from when I was a teenager and just fried. I'm really trying to get better about it, since we shootFriday Night Lights in Austin, where it's so sunny. I found a sunscreen that I love, Clarins Sunscreen Soothing Cream Progressive Tanning SPF 20, which is really moisturizing."
"You can get away with wearing more makeup when you're younger than when you're older—it starts to look really hideous. I feel like a remake of Whatever Happened to Baby Jane?when I put too much on now. Either that or I look like a total female impersonator."
"At 51, I gained five pounds on holiday and decided not to lose it. If I lost another five pounds, I'd look skinny and haggard for my age. You know how they say either your face or your ass goes? I'm letting the ass go."
"What you eat makes a huge difference in the health of your skin. I eat a lot of fresh fruit and vegetables. I like to pick them off the vine and eat them. I grow my own tomatoes, squash, carrots, broccoli, cabbage, strawberries, blueberries, and blackberries."
"I get my greens for breakfast by juicing kale, beets, and ginger. One time I tried to add frozen peas and they exploded onto the ceiling—my husband [Elvis Costello] said it was like I Love Lucy."
"Aging is going to happen—and that's only if you're lucky enough to live that long. I hate when they say, 'You look great for your age.' It's such an insult. I don't want that—I want, 'You look good,' period. I am defiant. I want to say: This is what aging looks like! This is what happens! It's not to be confrontational, but I want to say, here it is, look at it."